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syringa, noun

Forms:
Also seringa.
Origin:
EnglishShow more Transferred use of English syringa a name used of trees of the genus Philadelphus (mock-orange).
a. In full syringa tree: the shade tree Melia azedarach of the Meliaceae, bearing small, sweetly-scented lilac blossoms in clusters, and ochre-coloured poisonous round berries; Cape lilac sense (a), see Cape sense 2 a.
Note:
Introduced from India, the syringa was first recorded at the Cape in 1800.
1852 C. Barter Dorp & Veld 103 (Pettman)The watercourses..along which we had sown the seeds of the seringa-boom.
1989 Grocott’s Mail 17 Feb. 4Poisonous trees like syringas.
b. With distinguishing epithet:
red syringa, Burkea africana of the Fabaceae;
white syringa, Kirkia acuminata of the Simaroubaceae;
wild syringa, see red syringa (see above).
Note:
These are deciduous trees of the hot, low-lying areas of the northern interior.
1961 Palmer & Pitman Trees of S. Afr. 171The wild seringa is found from the Transvaal bushveld northwards to Abyssinia and Nigeria. It is a very common tree of the sandy areas of the dry open bushveld where it grows as a small tree of 8 to 20 feet high.
1993 Grocott’s Mail 6 Aug. 9Kirkia acuminata, White Syringa.
the shade tree Melia azedarach of the Meliaceae, bearing small, sweetly-scented lilac blossoms in clusters, and ochre-coloured poisonous round berries; Cape lilac sense (a), see Cape2 a.

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